Many people have heard of LASIK, but aren’t quite sure what it is. LASIK is a revolutionary ophthalmic procedure that corrects hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. With today’s advanced blade-free technology, more people than ever before can have LASIK – even some people who, years ago, were not considered candidates.
The LASIK procedure uses advanced laser technology to gently reshape the cornea, allowing light to refract more accurately off the retina and thereby improving vision. LASIK begins by putting numbing drops in the eye and then creating a thin corneal flap. Once the flap is created, the laser - using computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light - reshapes the cornea. After the cornea has been sculpted, the corneal flap is repositioned and aligned to its original position – bandages or stitches are not necessary.
Many patients who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 vision or better. US-based clinical trials showed 92.6% of eyes achieved 20/20 vision or better: 64.8% experienced 20/16 vision or better, and 34.4% could see 20/12.5 or better 12 months after lasik. Statistically significant reductions were experienced with night glare and halos. The procedure can drastically enhance your quality of life by reducing your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, giving you the self-confidence and freedom to participate in all activities.
If you’re considering LASIK, the first step is to schedule a one-on-one free LASIK screening consultation with us. During your consultation we will provide OrbScan and WaveScan analysis, discuss treatment options, as well as any available insurance discounts and financing options. And, of course, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
To schedule your complimentary LASIK screening give us a call at (208)377-8899.